The I.D. CROZZ will be based on the same modular electric (MEB) platform as the VW Bus and I.D. hatchback
First announced in Shanghai earlier in the year , Volkswagen has brought the ID CROZZ concept vehicle to the LA Motor Show. The four-door, all-wheel-drive and all-electric SUV is anticipated to arrive in the US in 2020.
Built from the same platform that is expected to revive the VW Bus in 2022, the I.D. CROZZ concept cranks out 302 hp and an “anticipated all-electric driving range of up to 300 miles” – although no official word yet on actual battery capacity.
“Electric mobility is the future, period, and today we take a big step forward,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “The I.D. CROZZ and the I.D. BUZZ concepts demonstrate how Volkswagen will kick off an EV revolution in America.”
The I.D. CROZZ, I.D. BUZZ and I.D. hatchback concept will all be built from the same modular electric toolkit, or MEB.
The CROZZ is driven by two electric motors, one on each axle, offering a combined 302 hp and all-wheel-drive. Big expectations are being placed on the battery too, which should be able to be recharged up to 80% in 30 minutes “when using a 150-kWh fast charger” (we presume that’s 150kW).
The I.D. CROZZ also hints at the capabilities of Volkswagen’s I.D. Pilot self-driving system concept , planned for production in 2025. In self-driving mode, the steering wheel of the I.D. CROZZ retracts into the dash, and the interior lights change colour.
Drivers can apparently summon the I.D. Pilot by voice controls, while the system relies on four laser scanners that pop up from the roof of the I.D. CROZZ, as well as ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera, for navigation.
“In order to make EVs cost competitive, electric vehicles have to be built at scale, and Volkswagen has the potential to deliver global scale in EVs quickly,” Woebcken said. “We stand for making electric cars affordable; as we like to say, we build cars for millions, not millionaires.”
According to an earlier release last week, production on the ID range will begin officially in late 2019, with VW announcing its 100-week countdown. During 2020, it intends to build more than 100,000 models based on the MEB platform. First off the line at its Zwickau plant will be the electric I.D. hatchback.